The 10 best video game movies

A movie based on a video game’s quest to be anything other than horrible seemed hopeless at one point. Video game movies were entertaining, but we don’t necessarily enjoy them as “movies”. We enjoyed them as “video game movies”. The skilled did a lot of heavy work.

Nowadays, things are somewhat different. Just as video games themselves continue to include more cinematic interactivity, movies based on them have definitely gotten more interesting. Sometimes they don’t even need the qualifier. They’re just nice movies.

Our favorite example is not a movie at all, but an animated streaming show. Esoteric (Netflix) is one of the best series we’ve seen in a long time, animated or live-action, and it’s loosely based on a mobile game, of all things. With the release of sonic the hedgehog 2 April 8, we thought it was time to roam Green Hill Zone and browse 10 “video game movies” you should watch. After having watched Esotericthat is, because nothing here beats it.

1. sonic the hedgehog (2020)

If you’re planning on watching the new movie, it would make sense to watch the first one. It was a delightful surprise, especially after all the drama that surrounded the first looks at Sonic himself. Fans were so pissed and vocal that the studio came back and did a redesign, and the result was awesome. Ben Schwartz is charming and funny in the role, and Jim Carrey plays Dr. Robotnik like only Jim Carrey can. James Marsden does his best with the role of a human in the real world, something that many of these films use unnecessarily. Real-world Sonic worked for this particular movie, and we had a blast.

2. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

If you’re a Pokemon fan, you’ll enjoy this. If you’re not a Pokemon fan, you can become one during the credits. You might also want to stab your eyes – opinions vary. This Pokémon live-action shot also surprised us, with Ryan Reynolds playing the detective version of the most popular Pokémon. The cast includes Kathryn Newton, Karan Soni, Chris Geere, Justice Smith and, who would have guessed? Bill Nighty! All of the popular Pokémon are present, and while it has very little to do with regular Pokémon tales, Reynolds and the cast are a delight to watch and the action holds up. It’s also surprisingly touching in moments.

3. grave robber (2018)

Alicia Vikander reprized the role of Lara Croft for this third attempt at a grave-robbing adventure, and the end result was a step up from the previous two attempts. Don’t get me wrong, Angelina Jolie was the perfect Lara. However, the movies around her, especially the second one, weren’t always great. This one is solid all around, with Vikander playing a Lara Croft who is slowly learning the ropes. She uses a bow and arrow a lot more than her famous dual pistols (she only gets them at the end), and the story is closer to something you might see in a real life. grave robber Game. The cast also includes Walton Goggins, so that should be enough for everyone.

4. mortal combat (2021)

It’s silly to call a movie with that title “grounded,” but this take on the classic “Finish Him” ​​fighting game franchise definitely takes things more seriously than the two attempts that preceded it. Joe Taslim stands out as Sub-Zero, and Mehcad Brooks makes us care about Jax more than we have in a while. Although much of the story is based on a character new to the Kombat-verse (an MMA fighter named Cole Young, played by Leweis Tan), there are plenty of other beloved characters having a great time on screen. . We seriously hope to see those who don’t appear here in a sequel, especially Johnny Cage. Once again we were surprised how much fun we had with this. Take a copy and shout “come here”.

5. monster hunter (2020)

A video game adaptation by Paul WS Anderson, starring Milla Jovovich, and it’s not called Resident Evil? Who would have thought? This movie won’t be added to the Criterion Channel anytime soon, but we had a blast watching it. Jovovich is sucked into a different world, and in order to survive in this world she must fight monsters. It’s as simple as that, with Tony Jaa and Ron Perlman on the ride. Rampant carnage and comically large weapons aside, there’s at least one scene of serene beauty. Give this one a chance. He knows what it is and makes no apologies for it.

6. Final Fantasy: Spirits Within (2001)

We still don’t know what this animated adventure has to do with Final Fantasy, but it was a breathtaking technical feat in 2001. It still holds up. Dr. Aki Ross’ digital creation was a marvel at the time, and it helped that she was played by the brilliant Ming-Na Wen. Aki Ross is still technically impressive, like most of this film. The story is pretty basic, but it’s still wonderful to watch. Nobody should need anyone other than Ming-Na Wen, but Keith David, Donald Sutherland, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin and Steve Buscemi join her. James Woods too, so you can’t win them all.

7. street fighter (1994)

We can’t find any excuses for this movie, but we’ll say it’s worth watching. The main reason to watch it at least once? The casting. Ming-Na Wen plays Chun-Li, and we think we’ve been clear about our stance on her. Byron Mann is a welcome presence as Ryu, as is Roshan Seth (Chattar Lal from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) like Dhalsim. This cast’s biggest gold ring jackpot and a real reason to watch the movie, though? The late, great and much missed Raul Julia as M. Bison. No one has ever done anything as well as Raul Julia, and it didn’t matter whether he created a serious role for Broadway or starred in The Addams Family. Julia always, still delivered. He delivers here in a big way, as he brings the same dedication to this silly movie that he brought to everything he’s done. He was a consummate professional, and he’s having more fun here than we all had three years ago at the Nebraska State Fair. That’s really saying something. Watch this film for Raul Julia.

8. Super Mario Bros. (1993)

You have to see it at least once. Everyone does it. It’s not Mario Brothers at all. It’s a dark, grimy thing that will depress you for days. Still, if you want to see just how badly a video game movie can go, get a load of it. Believe it or not, the legendary Fiona Shaw is in this movie. Dennis Hopper plays King Koopa (a bastardized version of the character) and he lets it rip. John Leguizamo does his best as Luigi. Our main “it’s me” man, Mario himself, is played by another dearly deceased legend, Bob Hoskins. Here’s another case of an actor who worked all the jobs like he was playing Hamlet for the Queen; no matter the role, Hoskins always showed up. He shows himself here, even if everything around him gives him the middle finger. This movie, this thing, it didn’t deserve it… but neither did the human race. None of that matters, watching this movie is a rite of passage right next to passing Health Class. We don’t make the rules.

9. resident Evil (2002)

Infections and Umbrella Corporation aside, this movie has almost nothing to do with resident Evil. This endless movie series would add more lore to the games as it went along, but it still followed Milla Jovovich’s Alice, which was a complete invention of the movies. She’s great in the role, and while the show gets bigger (and dumber) as it goes on, there’s something about Paul WS Anderson’s first episode that keeps us coming back to it. No Jill Valentine, no Leon Kennedy and no Redfields in sight, but you have Colin Salmon, James Purefoy and Michelle Rodriguez. For a movie that has a fair amount of lore from the games themselves, go for the recent Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Instead.

ten. Werewolves inside (2021)

Some of us (not naming names) didn’t know this movie was based on a game. We just thought it was a really good movie, period. No qualifier is needed here; it’s a legitimately well-made movie, and it’s waiting for you. As the title suggests, the people of a small town have to deal with a werewolf attack. Luckily, Finn Wheeler is on hand to help them, and lucky for us, he’s played by the ever-rising star known as Sam Richardson. His real fight isn’t with the werewolves, it’s with Milana Vayntrub, because she’s constantly trying to steal the movie from her. She succeeds a few times. The greatly underrated Vayntrub may be the best reason to watch, as the trapped townspeople (which include Michaela Watkins and Harvey Guillén) learn that the real werewolves were the friends they made along the way. The ending turns comedy into legitimate fear, and there are more than enough twists and turns to keep you riveted. It’s our favorite movie on this list, and it shouldn’t be missed.

sonic the hedgehog 2 is in theaters now.

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